HCC Success Stories

Bett says, “My biggest fitness goal is that I want to live my healthiest, most active life I can live. This is my gift to my child – to be healthy and take care of myself.” Get those endorphins going in one of Harford’s many fitness classes – there’s sure to be one that’s a great fit for you!

Bett Farina has been a part of the Zumba Gold family since January of 2014. She was convinced by two of her friends to give the class a try and she’s been a loyal participant ever since. Why Zumba Gold? Well, for starters, Bett loves to dance, so this is the perfect class to get a workout and have fun doing it! It’s the ideal class to round out Bett’s other fitness interests, running and walking, as well as being a great social outlet. Instructor Judi Wurm loves that the ladies in the class have fun working out, offer each other support, and keep coming back for more!

Bett feels variety is key to staying on track for her fitness lifestyle. She feels that it helps her self-worth, keeps her active, and leaves her with more energy than most people her age. The stamina she has these days has increased significantly from where she was four years ago. In 2009, she weighed about 40 pounds more than today. After starting to run, she began to lose weight and feel better. Today, Bett weighs in regularly and keeps a food journal. Her mantra is to eat when hungry, not just for the sake of eating.

In addition to her twice-weekly Zumba dance sessions here at the College, Bett also engages in a 2½ mile run three times a week. She’s only been running since the age of 45, but has found that little achievable goals (like making it just to the next driveway and so on) have enabled her to keep up with her husband, as well as out-run many who are younger than her! Her neighbors even named a hill in their neighborhood after her, now known affectionately as “Bett’s Hill.” Bett also wears a FitBit and strives to get 10,000 steps in a day. She acknowledges it takes a lot of discipline. It’s not a matter of just having the energy; it’s a matter of being determined.

Bett says, “My biggest fitness goal is that I want to live my healthiest, most active life I can live. This is my gift to my child – to be healthy and take care of myself.” In response, her daughter says “Mom, you’re my inspiration.” Both mom and daughter agree, “There’s nothing like getting those endorphins going and just feeling better.”

Zumba Gold is offered year-round at the College. Typically intended for the senior fitness student, Zumba Gold is similar to Zumba, but with less jumping, less stress on the knees, and less spinning. Each class, one or two songs will be switched up to keep it fresh, but the ladies do thrive on a little routine so changes to the routine each week are just enough to keep it fun and offer a little challenge. 14-18 ladies typically attend each session, and they love it. There’s no pressure to perform as no one is staring at them in a gym setting; they can just be themselves for 50 minutes of a fun dancing workout.

Instructor Judi Wurm has been teaching for seven years and has been with the College for four years. She is certified in all of the Zumba-brand classes, but mainly focuses on Zumba and Zumba Gold. In addition to being committed Zumba Gold students, Judi and 14 ladies from her class walked in the “Race Against Addiction Memory Walk” in April, sporting t-shirts with “Zumba Ladies” across the front. It’s not just a class for them, it’s a lifestyle!

For more information on fitness classes, please visit Harford.edu/cet or call 443-412-2376.

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